House Appropriations Committee

Sequestration 2.0 likely to take another bite out of provider payments

Sequestration 2.0 likely to take another bite out of provider payments

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For many long-term care providers, dealing with funding cuts that began in March has amounted to making the best of a bad situation. Automatic sequestration cuts are trimming Medicare payments by 2%, while many complementary programs are being held back or halted. That's the bad news. The really bad news is that things are likely to get worse.

House committee approves funds to fight nursing workforce shortage, hospital-acquired infections

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a spending budget for fiscal year 2010 for the Department of Health and Human Services. Funding has been allocated to relieve the healthcare workforce shortage and reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).